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The Phillies seemed on their way to a win, and the Citizens Bank Park crowd was having a roaring good time, when Ibañez slammed a homer off Coke just two batters after Utley's second blast. Philadelphia was up 8-2 with Lee on the mound and only six outs left for New York.
The Yankees, however, made the night and Manuel's job very interesting. First Rollins lost an out when he fielded a grounder by Damon but couldn't get it out of his glove to complete the play. Teixeira followed with a double to left. Then Ibañez took a poor route to a ball hit by Rodriguez and made such an awkward attempt at it that the ball hit the outside of his glove as he dived for it, giving A-Rod a two-run double.
Rodriguez scored a third run, with reliever Chan Ho Park pitching, when he came home on a pop fly by dekeing centerfielder Ben Francisco into a poor throw. Now it was 8-5 and Manuel had a decision to make: Who would pitch the ninth? He elected not to use Lidge, who was wounded from a three-run inning in Game 4, and gave the ball to Ryan Madson.
Asked if Lidge needed a mental break more than a physical one, Manuel said, "From a mental standpoint, I think, yeah, I guess."
The Yankees kept coming at Philadelphia. They brought the tying run to the plate with no outs after Posada doubled and Matsui singled. Madson fell behind Jeter, 2 and 0. But after getting a strike, Madson got a ground-ball double play, with Posada scoring.
One more time did the Yankees bring the tying run to bat; this time it was Teixeira after a single by Damon. But on the 24th pitch of the inning, and the last of 147 pitches thrown by Phillies pitchers, Madson struck out Teixeira on a 1-and-2 changeup.
GAME 6 at New York
YANKEES 7, PHILLIES 3
THE YANKEES WON GAME 6 ALMOST AS EMPHATICALLY as you can win a baseball game with the championship on the line—against the defending champions, no less. The Yankees led 2-0 after two innings, 4-1 after three and 7-1 after five, with all but one of those runs driven home by Matsui.
They went through the requisite nine innings, but as soon as Rivera came running in to close the game, all that was left was the mystery of which Phillie would make the last out to live on in infamy on the highlight reels.